Category: Spray Tips with Tom Wolf

Spray Tips Special Edition: Is Your Boom Too High?

High or low, the height of your sprayer boom doesn’t really matter. Right? Actually, that’s a myth. Welcome to a new season of Spray Tips Special Edition. In our first episode we find our dynamic duo of Sprayers101.com, Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix, and Jason Deveau of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, bickering over… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: More to Clean Than Just the Tank

The tank’s clean so the whole sprayer is ready to go. Right? Actually, that’s a myth. Our dynamic duo of Sprayers101.com, Tom Wolf, of AgriMetrix, and Jason Deveau, of OMAFRA, are back to explode another spray myth. In this episode, @Nozzle_Guy and @Spray_Guy discover that there’s more to cleaning a sprayer than just making sure the tank… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Wakey-wakey! Getting Up Early to Spray — Is it Worth It?

Myth Explosion: Calm, early mornings are perfect for spraying. In this Spray Tips Special Edition episode, Sprayers101.com dynamic duo Tom Wolf and Jason Deveau get up early to explode another spray myth. It all starts when Wolf nudges a snoozing Deveau who is catching a nap beside the sprayer. Deveau explains he’s feeling tired after… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Driving Fast Saves Time…Right?

Myth Explosion: Fast is the best way to spray.  In this Spray Tips Special Edition episode, Sprayers101.com Star Wars geeks Tom Wolf and Jason Deveau use The Force to explode yet another spray myth. It all starts a long time ago in a soybean field far, far away…. In an attempt to get more done… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Does Cab Pressure Equal Boom Pressure?

It’s easy to keep track of nozzle pressure on your sprayer. All you have to do is keep one eye on the pressure indicator, right? Actually, that’s a myth. The dynamic duo from sprayers101.com are back for another episode of Exploding Sprayer Myths. In this outing, Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix and Jason Deveau of OMAFRA… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: Solutions for Dense Canopies

Wondering how to get product into dense canopies? Well, you just have to boost up spray pressure, right? No way! The dynamic duo of Sprayers101.com — Tom Wolf, of AgriMetrix, and Jason Deveau, of OMAFRA — join us to bring you the second episode of a very special series of Spray Tips videos. An educational series like you’ve never… Read more »

Spray Tips Special Edition: My Rate Controller Calibrates my Boom…Right?

Set it and forget it — if you’ve got your rate controller set on the sprayer, you can rest assured that each nozzle is spraying the correct volume, right? Actually, that’s a myth. The dynamic duo of Sprayers101.com, Tom Wolf, of AgriMetrix, and Jason Deveau, of OMAFRA, have teamed up with RealAgriculture to bring you… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 12: The Year in Review — 8 Points of Your Spray Operation to Evaluate

As farmers shut the door on the 2014 production season (save for those in Ontario still slogging through corn harvest), so too do we wind down the last of the Spray Tips series. In this post-harvest down-time, it’s important to take a much needed breather, then, before you know it’ll be time to start the… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 11: Choosing a New Tank, Burn-Off Tank Mixes & Nozzle Swapping

How often do you test spray-water quality and what do you do if you’ve got hard water? If you’re looking to replace your spray tank, is stainless still the way to go? What about double nozzles — are they really the bees knees? These are just some of the questions the Spray Tips series has… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 10: The Pros & Cons of Aerial Application

Hiring an aerial applicator means fewer tracks in the crop and often a quicker spray application, but spray planes are not miraculous, says Tom Wolf. In fact, they deal with a lot of the same challenges as their well-grounded counterparts. Related: Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 8: Measuring Spray Coverage In this episode of Spray… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 9: What’s with Dew?

When warm air is cooled, it loses some of its moisture-holding capabilities.  This change often occurs at night, when plants (and other objects) cool. Once the temperature of the surface of the leaves, for example, drops below the dewpoint, it causes water to condense, forming the shiny dew that causes so many to question early morning spray applications. Related: Spray Tips with… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 8: Measuring Spray Coverage

The importance of good spray coverage is emphasized in all kinds of agricultural publications, including product labels. But, according to Tom Wolf, spray application specialist with AgriMetrix Research and Training in this episode of Spray Tips, “the labels are remarkably silent on what good coverage actually is and how you can actually measure it.” Wolf goes… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 7: Understanding Spray Quality

One of the greatest threats to lost return and non-target plant damage in spraying is drift. Spray applicators have to be conscious of all kinds of factors that affect the risk of drift, including windspeed, boom height, potential inversions and, of course, spray quality. Related: Identifying Spray Quality with a Smartphone In this episode of Spray Tips, Tom Wolf,… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 6: 7 Steps to Total Sprayer Cleanout

The first question during the spray season is likely, what kills this weed spectrum? The second might just be, “How do I clean our my sprayer properly without risking crop injury next go-round?” In this episode of Spray Tips, Tom Wolf, spray application specialist and @Nozzle_Guy, answers not just that question, but also a few… Read more »

Spray Tips with Tom Wolf — Ep. 5: Selecting the Right Boom Height for Each Sprayer

What’s the right choice for nozzle fan angle? 80 degrees or 110 degrees? That’s this Spray Tips’ Question of the Week and that discussion leads very nicely into the topic of this episode — ideal boom height. How do we select the right boom height? Nozzle fan angle does play a role, but so does… Read more »